This Week in Petroleum History, December 11 to December 17

 

December 11, 1950 – Federal Offshore grows beyond Cannon Shot

After decades of controversy and a 1947 U.S. Supreme Court decision, the federal government’s “paramount rights” offshore were established beyond a three nautical mile limit – the 18th century precedent based on the theoretical maximum range of smooth-bore cannon.

The court issued a supplemental decree that prohibited any further offshore development ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society

This Week in Petroleum History, December 4 to December 10

 

December 4, 1928 – First Oil Discovery using Reflection Seismography

When Amerada Petroleum drilled into a Viola limestone formation in Oklahoma, it was the first successful oil well produced from a geological structure identified by a reflection seismograph. The new exploration technology revealed an oil reservoir near Seminole.

Tested as early as 1921, reflection seismography – seismic surveying – ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society